Locked in their castle home as a battle rages around them, Tigreus and Clara know that their lives are about to change. Beyond measured miles away, Michelle fights to keep her family together after the death of their mother, whilst all their father can do is write stories that no one reads. Except one remarkable wheelchair-bound boy whose head and heart are full of other stories, told to him by his beautiful carer.
Storyline is about truth and lies, the real world and the made-up world. Intense and brief as it is, its theme is everlasting.
Recommended ages 12 and above.
Age Range: 12+
Size: 198mm x 129mm
Format: ‘B’ paperback
Word Count: 40,500
Published: October 2015
RRP: UK £5.99
All stories are real and everything that’s real is a story. I can’t tell where one ends and the other begins.
The tip of a sword pricked the nape of his neck. Tigreus froze. He had hardly time to squeeze through the exit of the tunnel when he found himself pinned to the ground by a foot on his spine and a sword point to his neck.
“Like a scared rabbit,” someone laughed.
“I’m not scared,” Tigreus hissed. “Let me stand and fight and you’ll see I’m not.”
Voices mimicked his bravado, humiliating him. Tigreus glimpsed soldiers’ costumes from the corner of his eye, about five of them. Behind him, in the tunnel, Clara lay still, but a face peered into the exit hole directly at her.
“Hello, my lady,” the soldier said. “Are you going to stay there all day?”
Was she a bad girl? Was she being punished in some way? She’d always believed that she was bright, industrious and good natured, but maybe she was wrong. Maybe things were going from bad to worse because of something she’d done, or simply because she was all wrong, all topsy-turvy? She didn’t know how to change, though, or especially how to change everything around her. Dad might get a proper job, any job, but then pigs might fly. He’d always scribbled away at his stories, ever since he was a boy, he’d told her. Three shelves in the ancient bookcase were dedicated to his unsuccessful manuscripts. All it took, he said, was one lucky break.
And as for love… it seemed unlikely that a person might find the other half of their soul in such a big world. True love was a miracle of sorts because the odds against it happening were astronomical. Therefore, if two people who were friends met two people who were friends, or even relatives, and love touched all four of them, then that was a double miracle and doubly impossible, if anything could be doubly impossible.
Michael wanted to tell Bibi these ideas but he couldn’t, although he had a sneaky feeling that she was thinking something similar herself.
Ian Purdy is a talented artist in two and three dimensions, a graduate of the University of Lincoln. Storyline is one of many covers he has designed for Hawkwood Books, and one of the publisher’s favourites. It is rich, evocative and beautiful.Ian can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is one of my favourites. It has a fantastic cover by Ian Purdy, and is an original idea mixing fantasy and reality, not to mention reality/fantasy. I’m not sure how many copies are around, but you can place orders through bookshops. It’s a short, easy but thought provoking read.